ESL English class

Beginner ESL class

Intermediate ESL

Advanced ESL class

ESL writing class

ESL quiz center

English practice


ESL's "False Advertising" business English grammar conditional class

Read this short complaint about false advertising. This will be used as a context for some grammar work with conditional sentences.

Retrieved 10/12/2003

This company advertised a disk that they were unable to ship. They had no stock and were unable to obtain it. I relied on their ad when making the order, and would have selected another company if they had advertised accurate information.

Grammar: "He would have selected another company if they had advertised accurate information" is an example of a conditional sentence. In this case it's a past conditional; the situation happened in the past.

Past conditional: If this company had advertised accurate information, they wouldn't have received this complaint.

Present conditional: If this company advertises accurate information, they won't receive customer complaints.

Type the correct conditional into each box. Do not use contractions (use you I would, rather than I'd).

I was looking for an advertising agency last year. I (hire) ABC firm if they (advertise) a cheap price.

It doesn't help me if they (advertise) a cheap price now.

If I (advertise) with ABC last year, I (spend) too much money.

If they (advertise) a better price now, there (be) nothing I can do.

So, past conditionals get If + subject + had + past participle, and would + have + past participle. Look for chances to practice talking about advertising on the business English message board.